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Heinrich Wilhelm Degener

also known as Wilhelm Degener, Henry Degener

Date of Birth May 30, 1819  
Date of Death September 29, 1869  
Place of Birth Rodewald, Kingdom of Hanover, Germany  
Place of Burial Proviso Cemetery  
Known Siblings Heinrich Friedrick Degener (older brother) Born: January 28, 1813
Died: April 7, 1897 (See Heinrich Friedrich Degener)
Father Christian Degener Born: November 22, 1782
Died: March 29, 1870
Buried in "Immanuel" Proviso Cemetery
Mother Anna Catherine Degener nee Duensing Anna Catherine may have died in Germany prior Christian's immigration to America.
Date of Parents' Marriage 1812  
Heinrich Wilhelm's Wife Margaretha Mette Degener nee Ehrich  
Wife's Date of Birth July 11, 1815 Born in Kingdom of Hanover, Germany
Wife's Date of Date January 29, 1903  
Wife's Place of Burial Waldheim Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois  
Marriage Date In the 1840s  
Wife's Bio    
Date of US Immigration 1843-1844  
Route of Immigration Heinrich possibly came to America around the time of the birth of Karl.

At some time he moved his place of residence to Proviso Township, Cook County, between 22nd Street (Cermak) and Roosevelt Road near Wolf Road.

Description of Land First Owned As of the 1854 deed he owned 80 acres in Section 30, north 1/2 of northeast 1/4, Proviso Township. As of 1861 he owned 303 acres in Section 19, 80 acres in Section 30 and 18 to 20 acres in Section 29, Proviso Township.  The last acreage is contiguous with the Immanuel Lutheran Church property.
Occupation Farmer  


Name Date of Birth Birthplace Date of Death
Heinrich Karl (also known as Charles ) May 11, 1843   January 11, 1900; buried at Immanuel Lutheran Church
Eduard (Edward) 1845 Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois 1853; buried at Zion Cemetery
Heinrich Diedrich August (August) January 16, 1849 Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois May 12, 1921; buried at Immanuel Lutheran Church
Friedrich Christian Herman (Herman) January 16, 1849 Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois August 19, 1919; buried at Glendale, California
Ludwig Heinrich (Henry) June 12, 1851 Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois May 29, 1935; buried at Evanston, Illinois
Wilhelm Ludwig Louis Christopher (Lewis) September 27, 1853 Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois May 24, 1923; buried at Glendale, California
Emmeline Rosina Sophie Maria December 14, 1860 Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois May 15, 1861; buried at Proviso Cemetery

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To see the bibliography for this entry, click on the Founding Fathers--Bibliography

We welcome any comments, questions and corrections.  In accumulating this information we have found conflicting evidence.  We have endeavored to use the most reliable sources available BUT we can not be sure we have all of the facts completely accurate.  We need your help.  More information from the families of these nine "Founding Fathers" would be of great value to this ongoing project in order to maintain accuracy.  At this time, we are especially interested in photos, journals, letters, etc., which would describe the southeast corner of 22nd Street (Cermak) and Wolf Road in Hillside, prior to the 1860's. This will help us now, as we work on the restoration.

Please feel free to contact me at j.arbuthnot@sbcglobal.net.  I will route your email through our other researchers.

The primary compiler of this information was Lana Gits with:

Last Modified:  10/10/2002